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Today I noticed the question about writing a paper in algebraic geometry here had something funky with it on the front page. It had big white brackets around its question stats.

What is this?

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  • $\begingroup$ @Jeff: This is not "by design"; it is a bug in the site's visual appearance, and can be fixed if you let Jin have a look at it. Please remove the tag. (I know, this comment won't even reach you since you haven't actually commented on the question, and that's "by design" too, sigh...) $\endgroup$ – Rahul Nov 4 '10 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ @rahul no, comments can target editors of the question as well. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Atwood Nov 4 '10 at 6:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Jeff: Oh, all the rumours I had heard indicated otherwise. My apologies. But do you agree that this is issue is not by design? $\endgroup$ – Rahul Nov 4 '10 at 7:02
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The brackets around the stats box are part of the site design. Quoting Jin's design rationale:

I wanted to add subtle math related elements to aid the visuals. I was careful to not over- do it incase it made the site look cheesy.

  • Stats box[votes, answers, views], I put a very subtle matrix bracket around it. I kept the coloring very faint, so when repeated across multiple rows they won't make the site look boxy.

I assume that you noticed them now because algebraic-geometry might be one of your "interesting tags", giving the question a blue background on the front page. That background makes the bracket really stand out awkwardly. I was going to post a bug about this, but I guess you got to it first. You should retag this question with bug and design so that Jin will see it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! This is exactly correct. I will make the suggested edit. $\endgroup$ – BBischof Nov 4 '10 at 3:27

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